Spe­cial me­mo­rial mass in hon­our of Sa­cred Heart Church in Mount Ryan

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - RELIGION -

For 92 years Sa­cred Heart Church in Mount Ryan served the spir­i­tual needs of the peo­ple of John­stons River and sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties un­til its clo­sure in 2008.

How­ever, on July 19, its sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the com­mu­nity and its res­i­dents will be re­mem­bers with a me­mo­rial mass on the for­mer site of the church, at 11 a.m.. There will also be a bless­ing of the me­mo­rial stone and the orig­i­nal bell from the church. All are welcome.

In Septem­ber, 1915 Bishop Henry O'Leary chose the site on Mrs. Ed­ward Ryan's prop­erty, for the lo­ca­tion of the mis­sion church. The dig­ging of the base­ment and the haul­ing of the lum­ber, was com­pleted by vol­un­tary labour.

In the fall of 1915, James Stewart hauled the first two loads of stone and dur­ing the win­ter, the lum­ber was hauled from the firm of Si­mon Paoli in Char­lot­te­town.

The church was de­signed by Chap­pel and Hunter and was of Span­ish Re­vival Style. This was ev­i­dent in the bell­cast canopy over the front en­try, the cor­ner steeple and the pal­a­dian-type win­dow in the front of the church where it formed a cross. The win­dows and the para­pet above it were the most prom­i­nent as­pects of the church's front gable.

In Oc­to­ber 1916, the church was of­fi­cially opened with O'Leary bless­ing and lay­ing the corner­stone.

In the win­ter of 1918 the in­te­rior of the church was com­pleted, with Alex Walker hand­craft­ing the pews, and the sta­tions were placed in the sum­mer of 1919.

All of the ac­tiv­i­ties of the church were un­der the di­rec­tion of the Al­tar So­ci­ety. The to­tal cost of build­ing the church was $7,000, which was raised from do­na­tions and from pro­ceeds from Sun­day pic­nics held at Red Point Wharf.


Mem­bers of the Mount Ryan Ceme­tery Com­mit­tee, from left, Leona Bea­gan, Mary Trainor and Doris Trainor Hendricken, are look­ing for­ward to the me­mo­rial mass set for July 19 on the for­mer site of Sa­cred Heart Church in Mount Ryan.

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